NITV calls for emerging Indigenous film-makers to apply for Spirit Initiative 2017

11 August 2017

Media Release

NITV is calling for up and coming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander film-makers to apply for the fifth annual Spirit Initiative.
Formerly known as the Spirit Award, the Initiative includes a professional development opportunity with NITV in addition to the opportunity to make a short documentary as part of NITV’s Our Stories.

The winner will be flown to Sydney for a three week work experience placement where they will be mentored and trained by NITV’s experienced staff from a range of departments.

They will then be commissioned to produce a 15-minute Our Stories documentary in language and a news story from their local community.

The winner will also be flown to Melbourne with NITV’s Commissions team to attend the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in March 2018.
NITV’s Channel Manager Tanya Orman said: “We’re excited to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander film-maker and for them to really develop their skills and experience how a national broadcaster works.
“We look forward to receiving the submissions from content creators and film-makers across Australia.”

Daniel Featherstone, General Manager of the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) said: “The Spirit Initiative is a great career development opportunity, with the NITV team supporting an aspiring remote film-maker to bring their story to life and reach a national audience.”

Applicants are required to submit a three minute ‘sizzle reel’ – a snapshot showcase of their work – and a pitch for their 15 minute documentary.
Applications close Friday 1 September 2017, with the winner to be announced at the 19th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival in Irrunytju, Western Australia from 25-30 September 2017.

For more information and to apply online visit the NITV website, and join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #NITV.
Past winners of the Spirit Initiative
2016 – Vivana Petyarre from CAAMA for Atnangkere: Our Cave
2015 – PAKAM for ‘Marumpu Wangka’ (Hand Talk)
2014 – PAW Media for ‘Desert Yarns – ‘Yuendumu Early Days’
2013 – PAW Media’s for ‘First Contact’